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D A Spruzen has written an unusual mystery-thriller that keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next (or what has happened in the past). The author is adept at developing the characters and you quickly form a bond with them as you try to figure out who is killing the good citizens of Salton. The tongue-in-cheek snarky dialog perfectly fits the character's perception of the upper middle class snobbery she has been living for decades. Great job, Ms. Spruzen!
I love the development of the various characters because it kept me guessing about, well, everybody. I hated to see that it was over, and yet I kept racing to get to the end. Luckily, this is only the first part and I'm looking forward to the next.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery, but also for anyone who enjoys a well-written story that takes the reader on a journey from page one.
Every other chapter is a look into the killer's mind. And what a mind! I pretty much had the killer figured out, but then something would happen to shake my faith, and I'd think maybe it was someone else. This is one smooth chick.
Hang onto your seat, it's gonna be a bumpy ride, and I don't think it's over, yet!
Set in a small community in Virginia, a group of diverse, middle-aged women volunteer for the local symphony. The women are frightened when a member of the group is murdered and another injured during the attack. When a second murder occurs, the women worry that the killer is targeting the ‘Symphony Slaves’.
With 1st-person narratives from the murderer’s journal, the reader can play along at unravelling the motive and identity of the killer. The 3rd-person dialogue voice for the women feels redundant in places, but there are spots that show idiosyncratic traits unique to the character.
There is a lot going on in the first 1/4 of the book, which deflects from the opening murder. However, for a ‘cozy mystery’ Not one of Us hits the mark. The spots of humour are well done and the writing is strong. Spruzen keeps the settings light and did an excellent job setting up book two, while ensuring book 1 stands alone with a satisfactory conclusion.